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Dr Ren Chong LIM Lecturer, Centre for Advanced Material and Energy Sciences

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Dr Ren Chong LIM

Lecturer, Centre for Advanced Material and Energy Sciences renchong.lim@ubd.edu.bn


ABOUT ME

I am a lecturer at the Centre for Advanced Material and Energy Sciences, Universiti Brunei Darussalam. The main mission of this research centre is to support economic diversification in Brunei Darussalam through innovation and high-quality graduate-training.

My primary, multidisciplinary research-interests lie within nanotechnology, photonics, biotechnology, bioenergetics and single-molecule biophysics. Currently, I am supervising two graduate students (one Master and one PhD) on the product development of antimicrobial coatings for domestic applications and thermo-reflective roofing-materials to increase energy efficiency of buildings.

At the undergraduate level, I teach energy-storage systems and engineering mechanics. In addition, I am involved with the UBD Entrepreneurship Village which spearheads entrepreneurship training and education at the university.

In addition to my appointment as a lecturer at Universiti Brunei Darussalam, I am a long-term visitor at the Clarendon Laboratory, University of Oxford.

EDUCATION

DPhil in Condensed Matter Physics (University of Oxford, UK)
MRes in Photonics (Imperial College London, UK)
MSci in Physics (Imperial College London, UK)

RESEARCH INTERESTS

nanotechnology, photonics, biotechnology, bioenergetics, single-molecule biophysics

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Scopus Publications

65

Google Scholar Citations

3

Google Scholar h-index

1

Google Scholar i10-index


FUTURE PROJECTS

Research, Product Development and Demonstration of Coatings for Maritime-Building Infrastructure

The aim of this applied-research project is to develop and demonstrate coatings for application in maritime-building infrastructure. There are three types of coatings to be developed and demonstrated: antimicrobial, anticorrosion and concrete-protection. The technology behind these coating products will be developed from technology previously acquired under the UBD-BEBD-Pixela BRISc project which ended in July 2016. There are three main activities for this project. The initial research and development activity will take place at the Centre for Advanced Material and Energy Sciences (CAMES), under the host organisation, Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD). The latter demonstration activity will be conducted in collaboration with the Centre of Science and Technology, Research and Development (CSTRAD) on maritime-building assets belonging to the Ministry of Defence Brunei Darussalam. The final activity involves filing the patent applications related to these coating products.

Application invited for: PhD and Master in Material Science by Research

Machine-Learning Aided Product Development of Nafion-Based Coatings

In this research project, we aim to use machine learning to derive insights to guide the development of coating products based on Nafion using technology acquired under the UBD-BEBD-Pixela BRISc project which ended in July 2016. To date, we have developed Nafion-based coatings for antimicrobial, and anticorrosion (and soon antifouling) applications. Further research, innovation and development must continue in order to increase and sustain the value of the products developed. To this end, we intend to use machine learning to lower the product-development costs.

Application invited for: PhD and Master in Material Science by Research

Product Development of Eco-Friendly Antifouling Coatings

In this research project, we aim to develop eco-friendly antifouling coatings for use in the maritime industry to prevent biofouling of submerged structures by colonising marine organisms. We intend to develop such coatings based on a perfluorinated ionomer called Nafion, technology of which was acquired previously under the UBD-BEBD-Pixela BRISc Project. The technology has been used to develop antimicrobial and anticorrosion coatings. Now, we will explore the development of eco-friendly antifouling coatings based on this technology. Such coatings can reduce building maintenance costs as well as preserve the natural biodiversity of the marine environment.

Application invited for: PhD and Master in Material Science by Research


RECENT PUBLICATIONS

YFC Chau, CTC Chao, JY Rao, HP Chiang, CM Lim, RC Lim, and NY Voo (2016) Tunable optical performances on a periodic array of plasmonic bowtie nanoantennas with hollow cavities. Nanoscale Research Letters 11(1), 411

MJ Tipping, NJ Delalez, R Lim, RM Berry, and JP Armitage (2013) Load-dependent assembly of the bacterial flagellar motor. MBio 4(4), e00551-13

C Macías-Romero, R Lim, MR Foreman, and P Török (2011) Synthesis of structured partially spatially coherent beams. Optics Letters 36(9), 1638-1640


TOP PUBLICATIONS

MJ Tipping, NJ Delalez, R Lim, RM Berry, and JP Armitage (2013) Load-dependent assembly of the bacterial flagellar motor. MBio 4(4), e00551-13

C Macías-Romero, R Lim, MR Foreman, and P Török (2011) Synthesis of structured partially spatially coherent beams. Optics Letters 36(9), 1638-1640

YFC Chau, CTC Chao, JY Rao, HP Chiang, CM Lim, RC Lim, and NY Voo (2016) Tunable optical performances on a periodic array of plasmonic bowtie nanoantennas with hollow cavities. Nanoscale Research Letters 11(1), 411


CONSULTANCY

Yes - please get in touch for more details: renchong.lim@ubd.edu.bn


INDUSTRY EXPERIENCE

Sustainability consultancy for Unilever (3 weeks) - deriving insights and extracting value from an industrial IoT platform.


SOCIAL, ECONOMIC, or ACADEMIC BENEFITS

Human-capacity development, research commercialisation, and knowledge creation and management.